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>> in the news, abc news reports the republicans and the democrats reached a tentative deal to end the debt crisis. the family and friends of shane bauer and josh few at all, who have been detained in iran for two years, will soon are released. their spy hearing in iran is currently underway. >> good morning. it's 60 degrees. the emeryville camera, lots of low clouds and fog to start sunday. >> thank you. thanks for joining us. i'm carolyn tyler. there is new optimism this morning that a compromise is taking place in washington to
reach an agreement before the deadline. senate majority leader harry reed cancelled an early morning senate vote to allow talks to continue. the count down clock shows two days, 15 hours to raise the debt limb before the government runs out of money to pay all its bills. dan reports on what both sides have agreed to so far. >> after weeks of rangling and partisan bickering there appears to be new optimism that congressional leaders and the white house are close to resolving the debt ceiling impasse. a new option for extendth debt ceiling is being discussed. >> i'm confident and optimistic that we are going to get an agreement in the very near future. >> in spite of our differences i think we are dealing with reasonable, responsible people that want the crisis to end as quickly as possible and i'm confident we will. >> the latest framework will
raise the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion and guarantee an equal amount of reduction through the next two years. things looked grim for much of saturday. one proposal would allow it in two stages as the only viable option. >> we don't have time for delaying tactics. >> but the republicans quickly rebuffed reed. they said they would in the back his plan. house republicans held a symbolic vote, rejecting it. by saturday evening, with the nation reaching closer to default, he this said they were post posting a vote follow 1:00 p.m. on sunday. >> i'm confidence reasonable people from both parties should be able to roach an agreement. i believe we should give them time to do so. >> both sides continue to work to make sure the country can pay its bills beyond august 2nd.
abc fuse. california is making preparations in case the tentative deal falls lou. mark leno said lawmakers have to budge. >> compromise is what is necessary right now. the president has put forth a compromise proposal, and democratic leaders have. that means not only unpleasant cuts that we will feel here in california burks also restoring tax revenue we used to have so we can bring our affairs into balance. >> the state treasure reemtively borrowed $5 million from private investors to mac sure california doesn't run out of cash. he said that was a precaution in case markets freeze up and they wouldn't borrow the money they need. if there's no deal, here are some of the possible repercussion cautions. stocks would likely plummet, decreasing the value of all 401k's and ira's.
the checks to military employees and social security people checks would get stopped. another possibility, even it this of if they come to an agreement, the u.s. government to have their credit rating downgraded which means the interest rate on your mortgage and credit cards might go up slightly. abc7 news wants to share your personal stories on how the economic downturn has changed your life. record it on your cellphone or digital camera and up load it to our station so we can tell your story here on abc7 news. other news this morning, in tehran the he ispy onage trial of two berkeley graduates who crossed into iran while hiking is finally underway. shane bauer and josh few at all have been held two years to the day. but it could be coming to an end.
the other prisoner, sarah showered, was -- shourd was released last year because of her health. the muslim world has a tradition of pardoning prisoners in the holy month of ramadan, which begins this week. >> there is some damage it cars. somebody went on a vandalism spree this weekend slashing tires and. of police are collecting evidence that they will likely lead to hate crime charges for the culprits. >> four cars with slashed tires. how did i feel? fantastic. >> she had the tires on all her four vehicles slashed t happened sometime between 11:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. saturday.
44 cars were damaged. one car has a swastica keyed into the paint. he discovered the damage this morning after car after car on his street had tires. >> i think there were two guys, one coming down this side and he had a knife so he was keying. the other guy was slashing tires. >> this prius also has a swastica keyed into their hood. the vandals even entered driveways to slash tires. she was surprised to see all her neighbors out this morning. >> everybody was in a daze. people were coming out, it's like a cartoon. you see all the also flat tires everywhere, and it was just like who would have done this? >> the damage is extensive and expensive. >> because i had to replace all four tires, it was probably about $900. >> santa cruz police have found some physical evidence that might lead them to a suspect, but want more information.
>> we want people to definitely call the investigations unit if they saw something in the area, if they knew of any parties, anything that was going on that we could potentially find suspects. >> santa cruz police say they don't know if they were random acts or if people were targeted. but because of the swasticas cared in the cars, they will potentially add a hate crime charge to the vandalism. abc news. fremont was investigating their second homicide charge of the year after a man was found shot to death in the business district last night. police were called to a rental storage facility where they found the victim's body just before 10:00. investigators say they are checking with nearby businesses to see if any surveillance video shows what happened. for any they are describing it as a drive-by shooting with no known suspects or motive. the vic testimony's name has not been released. scary moments for a reporter
at our sister station in los angeles during her live shot last night. kabc-tv's leanne suter was hit in the hand by appellate from a bb gun while reporting in the city of fontana. she paused for a moment after struck. >> rain overnight in highlight. that was one area really taking a hit earlier overnight as they saw the heavy rain coming in. >> two teenagers have been taken into custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. suter was not seriously injured. two marin county people are hospitalized this morning after a fall from a cliff. they were posing for photos about a mile south of stinson beach when they suddenly slipped over the edge. >> they were on a number with the rock and the guy was sitting right behind the girl. the girl was in his a lap and all of a sudden the next second
we seen them tumbling over. >> he and his friend actually climbed down the cliff to stay with the victims until rescuers arrived. a sheriff's helicopter had to be used to lift the man to safety. he was flown to the hospital in critical condition. woman was taken to marin hospital with moderate injuries. there was a series of burglaries. police are trying to find two men seen lurking in this neighborhood. there have been at least nine incidents in the past week. it's happening in central belmont between he will -- el camino. one victim said she knew it was coming since so many of her neighbors have been burglarized. she said she feels violated, it's scary. i feel invaded. i feel like i can't even sleep at night.
the thieves have made off with jewelry and electronics. police say the crooks go into unlocked cars to find garage door openers and then they break into homes. come up next, the san francisco marathon is just about to begin. we will tell you which areas to avoid if you want to stay away from road closers. and another royal wedding. this time prince william and his new bride kate try not to take all the attention away from another royal bride.
low-key. we have the story from london. >> the sun was shining, the crowd was loud and william ask indicate were greeted like rock stars as they arrived for today's royal wedding. it was hard for them not to steal the spotlight. because this royal couple don't live like royalty. the bride is the queen's grand daughter. but except for the guess list there was little pomp and ceremony as she wed her long time boyfriend. >> but her grandmother happens to be the queen of state but other than that there is really no other connection. >> and they are both world-class athletes. he was a key member ever the rugby team that took the world cup for britain in 2003. she is expected to compete as a rider in the 2012 olympics. a career she probably could not have had if she'd taken a royal
title with all the duties that go along with it. so while her cousin gets married in westminster, she's in a quaint stottish church. while $2 billion worldwide tuned into the other royal wedding. today's ceremony was for 400 close friends and family. while william and kate had a formal engagement photo in buckingham palace, they wore jeans. but there was one similarity. remember that hat? print sis beatrice today wore this. no word yet if it has its own facebook page. this week there are free whooping cough vaccinations for middle and high school students. a new california law requires students entering seventh through twelfth grade to get that vaccination before school begins. there will be six free clinics for families in the month of august. of the first is nine to noon in
watsonville. this morning thousands of runners will hit the streets of, of course, the san francisco marathon. the first wave takes off from the ferry building in about 15 minutes. they will go along the waterfront and they will cross the golden gate bridge and back through golden gate park where the half-marathon ends." the finish line for the full 26.2 miles is at the embarcadero. part of that is closed, the embarcadero, and two northbound lanes of the golden gate bridge will be clockwise today traffic from six to 9:00 this morning. you have been warned. the weather should be pretty good. >> yes. we have the low clouds. a little bit of mist and drizzle but start ago new month, a new weather pattern, perhaps? maybe not. here's a look outside from the roof camera. temperatures in the upper 50s downtown, 60s across the bay. i'll tell you what the first week of august looks like next. >> thank you, lisa. also next the a's bats have
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they are zonked out. kind of you like you and i would be. >> it's a little cooler. some of the cool air might wake the runners up but we will wait on the sun. a slower burn-off. the sun coming up at 6:12. you are look live into the east bay where we have temperatures, one of the warmer areas at about 60 degrees. we are looking at a 3,000-foot deck of low clouds and fog. as a result, we will see a stronger push and we are looking at a stronger on-shore push. of the clouds have made their way through the livermore valley and also vacaville and fairfield but not quite into the sacramento valley. we have 62 redwood city as well as mountain view and 63 in san jose with 57 in napa. so that westerly wind really robust this morning. we will look for kind of a cooler afternoon. that's going to set the stage for a cooler couple of days. so the low clouds and fog to greet you this morning and then
a few high clouds moving in this afternoon. the threat of thunderstorms in the south bay looks like it's not going to be a big threat. we will keep the storm activity into the sierra nevada and we will have more cool weather as we start a new month. here's a look at our fog picture. you will notice to the north and east bay, threw about 9:00 this morning, and then picking up on that you will notice we do peel back with the low clouds and look for in afternoon sun with high temperatures in the 80s in the warmest location. yesterday we saw some low 80s, anded today about the same. a few degrees cooler. for the time being it looks like we may get into some sun on the san mateo coast but that will be limited. the activity in terms of moisture well far into southeastern california. so that moisture up and around that area of high pressure, down around the desert and san diego. so looks like we won't have to worry about that threat locally. but in the sierra nevada we have the thunderstorms pop yesterday
near reno and then again today, this afternoon the threat is likely for the moisture and maybe even some flooding from yosemite on southward. 86 there today. 78 tahoe with numbers in the mid-90s in fresno. numbers coming down in los angeles due to the cloud cover, 677. taking you back home into the south bay we will have highs back in the 70s. cooler afternoon in santa clara. 75 there as well as cupertino. and 72 san mateo. the fog hanging tough here in pacifica. 61. 64 downtown. partly cloudy skies in the city, 76 santa rosa with mid-70s in napa. oakland topping out around 70. upper 60s richmond and berkeley. fremont 77 and a few low to mid-80s here. walnut creek at 80, 84 livermore. down by the monterey bay, it will take time but we will see
afternoon someone a cool day, 65 there. a little bit of cooling here. numbers in the mid-80sen land and upper 50s to near 60s at the coast with mid-70s around the bay. knocking it down even a few more degrees. >> but we basically are going into a new month with the same old, same old. >> that's right. >> thanks, lisa. in sports, serena williams will play at noon at stanford. last night the giants made another move ahead of today's trade deadline to bolster the team. here's mike shumann with the details and highlights from last night's loss to the reds in this morning's sports. >> good morning. the giants veteran infielder, orlando cabrera to cleveland in exchange for thomas kneel. cabrera has experience and will probably start at shortstop for the g-men. meanwhile reds on the ledger
yesterday. the pitch are rocked in the first. down 3-0. bases juiced for jay bruce. two-rbi single. top of five. sandoval facing leak. see ya. and johnathan on the board hoping they can limit the damage but things got out of control. bumgarner gives up 6 earned runs, 4 innings. doesn't bother backping the plate. schierholtz' throw goes wild. tough day, losing their second and 7-2, the final. believe it or not the a's have the league's top batting. >> since the all-star break, the hayest on-base percentage and the fewest strikeouts. they continued that trend against the twins. everyone get ag long at the coliseum. michael cuddyer going strong the other way. ben revere scores. and cuddyer is not so lucky. gunned down at second. 1-0, twins. 2-2 in the second. one into the gap. cliff pennington scores.
he has speed. a's up 3-2. bottom of the five, twins. intentionally walked, the bases loaded from scott size. he makes them pay. everyone comes home on the double and the a's win big, 8-3, the final. the raiders threw on the pads for the first time this preseason and no one got hurt. and players are not in football shape really due to the lockout. it's a crapshoot hoping you don't lose too many players due to the lay off. former stanford quarterback trent edwards was signed to compete for the backup job. he has time with the bills and the jaguars. >> he has characteristics i look for in a quarterback. i had an opportunity to sit down and talk to him and he was what i was looking for. he's a big, strong, physical guy who can control the ball. he's very intelligent, loves football, very passionate about the game. he's a gym rat. he likes to go in there from morning to night and it's important to him. he's look for an opportunity and we are a place that has an opportunity.
meanwhile all the talk of the 49ers have been about jim harbaugh and his west coast offense. and having to learn a completely different scheme is tough in a short period of time without the mini camps and several new teammates. even veterans will struggle in this situation. >> english to spanish, everything is different as far as the terminology. we have to just completely put aside everything that we had for the last five years here. >> i can look at that and say, you know, it's a downer and what am i going to do? or i can look at it as a positive note and say, this is something different, it's a new challenge. let's take it on, let's see how i can handle it. >> all right. let's tee it up. the u.s. open in toledo and it was hot. the 66, birdie on the 17th. and owen brown fired a 65. the u.s. open record, 15 under after 3 rounds. brown birdied 17 and 18 look for his first championship victory. going into today's final round
with a two-shot lead. to the 17th. the annual exgames and sean white needed a great final run to grab the gold. check it out. the 540, throws a few 720s with his signature flare. he's the complete package. 24 year old anying tomato they call him, won gold for the first time since 2007. his 21st gold medal in the summer and winter x games. and marion bar dolely will face off in the tennis tournament today. and dc united had a 2-0 win. that's the way the ball bounces. see you tonight at five. have a great day. >> next the politics of garbage in san francisco. a major battle over where it should go and who should haul it away. and the a's hit a home run with a program that brings summertime fun to inner city kids.
is? welcome bark. pg&e will hold meetings this week in the san mateo highlands to discuss the ongoing natural gas inspection. they have suspended work on a section of pipe in san bruno after residents said they smelled gas yesterday. the section of pipe was once part of the gas line that blew up last year but has been inactive since the mid-50s. pg&e crews say the smell is not a safety concern but wanted to take the extra time to make sure because neighbors were worried. today san francisco chronicle reports on pg&e documents detailing a 1988 rupture along a section of pipeline near the san bruno blast site. "the chronicle" points out that a 2002 federal law began requiring system-wide checks of gas pipelines once a leak is detected along a longitudinal
seam weld. but publicly questioned whether the 1988 leak occurred on such a weld. san francisco's garbage appears headed to a new dumping-ground after years of planning and months of debate the board of supervisors has approved a contract to send tons of trash to uba county. >> there was trash talking at san francisco's board of supervisors over what to do about the city's garbage. right now the nearly 1,000 tons a day not recycleed or composted is trucked to landville in livermore owned by waste management but their deal with the city expired in 2015. the supervisors voted overwhelmingly, 9-2, to award the new contract to another firm, recology. they plan to truck the trash to oakland and take it by train to the land full it owns in uba
county. saying that will save customers about $100 million over ten years. >> by using rail haul we are able to take trucks off the road, save fuel and also save money. >> but some uba county residents and those who own farmland there don't want san francisco's garbage in their backyard and tried to lobby lawmakers. >> it's meant for local use or for the counties surrounding uba county. it doesn't need to take all of san francisco's recyclable trash. >> they are pending their hopes on a lawsuit filed by waste management. waste management is accusing the city of having a sweetheart deal with recology, which is the only firm authorized to pick up the city's trash. >> what we've asked for is a level playing field. this has been a two-year process, if you will, and we submitted a far superior package. >> and there are some san francisco residents who are also challenging recology's lock
on the city's garbage function and may try to put the issue before the voters next june. starting tomorrow, august 1st, ac transit's fares go up. it will increase to $2.10. that the an increase of ten cents. and the trips from the east bay to san francisco and the peninsula will now cost $4.20 for adults. the fair increase was approved may 11th by the ac transit board of directors. more fare increases are planned over the next three years. >> it's then of an era in milpitas. after three decades cal state will close its doors today. it's one of the last skating rinks in the pay area and has been running nonstop for the last 34 years. after today only five rinks will remain. owners say the skating rink is doing well financially, but the building is just too old to
maintain. it's a happier weekend in san francisco's visitation valley neighborhood where they have a brand new library. for 75 years the library has been housed in temporary locations. all that changed yesterday with the grand opening celebrations. you knew library at leyland avenue has a dedicated space for teens and children, a quiet study room and a place for after-hour community meeting. from speeding around the bases, the oakland a's joined forces with police and community organizations to change summertime for kids in west oakland. here's abc7's education reporter, leeann. >> reporter: playing whiffle ball on a warm summer day was unimaginable for most of these west oakland kids. not too long ago this area was just a parking lot.
the oakland a's helped to make this dream possible. >> a ceremonial first pitch. >> and newcomers second baseman, mr. weeks, threw the first pitch. >> somebody like me, they can look up to. they see guys like me on the streets and see us as a positive influence. >> some were star struck. >> good. >> it's part of the free summer camp called "together we can." it's put on by the oakland school's police department. there are days when up to 90 kids from this nabbed shows up. oakland unified is the only school district in the bay area to have its own police force, separate from the city. it was a chief who decided to create a place where police officers and kids could bond. >> that was one of the goals, obviously to create a safe environment where kids can feel comfortable and safe but it was really two-fold. how do we build positive relationships between young people and the police.
>> without this camp there would be nowhere for these kids do play in a supervised and safe environment. >> i would just be sad in my house. >> the a's team president said oakland is in need of mr. centers like this one. >> there's a need for people to invest, not only with money, but with time. >> the camp has been so successful, police say kids will be able to continue using the facilities in the averages after school. in oakland, leeann malindas, abc7 news. >> very nice. lisa is here with a preview of the runner forecast. >> 58 degrees right now with a southwest wind at 7. so the weather feeling pretty good out there for the runners. that's the good news. the sunshine, though, it's going to take some time. there they are. of course, it will get busier throughout the morning hours. you heard about the road closers. what about the weather for the week ahead, the first week of
august? stay tuned. i'll let you any next. >> thank you, lisa. also ahead, who will keep the dogs in? the bay area city's campaign to my contacts are so annoying. they're itchy, dry and uncomfortable. i can't wait to take 'em out, throw 'em away and never see them again. [ male announcer ] know the feeling? get the contacts you've got to see to believe. acuvue® oasys brand contact lenses with hydraclear® plus technology, keeping your eyes exceptionally comfortable all day long. it feels like it disappeared on my eye. [ male announcer ] discover why it's the brand eye doctors trust most for comfort. if you have astigmatism, there's an acuvue® oasys lens for that too, realigning naturally with every blink. ask your doctor for acuvue® oasys brand.
>> welcome back. it's 5:38. they are off. you see the runners there. the san francisco marathon kicked off about three minutes ago. there are some 25,000 racers hitting the streets of san francisco. more than 100,000 spectators on the sidelines cheering them on. they are going to go along the embarcadero, through fishermen's wharf and the marina district across the golden gate bridge. you can expect street closers all along that route. go racers! and good luck to all of them. some dog lovers in pacifica want to unleash the internet to
get their pooches a new place to play. they have entered a contest to win a new dog park. now all they need is people to vote for them. junior meet cash, the canine star of this video produced by a group of pacifica dog lovers. it seems cash can't find anybody's to play without a leash in pacifica, no matter how hard he searches. >> dogs have to have exercise. i've had people say to me i'm force today break the law every day because i have to exercise my dog and there is nowhere to do it. >> that's why jana and a few friends started a group called pooch, the pacifica organization of canine helpers. for years they have worked tirelessly to get a dog park built. they found a space behind the city rec center. >> this space was so appealing, we were drooling.
>> what's the obstacles? >> i think money. >> they say the one thing they need in order torres cash to lose the leash is money. >> that's why the video was named money for cash because that's all we need is the money so cash can have place to play. >> now they are hoping the video produced will win them that money in an online contest called bark for your park. >> that particular shot that's on the screen behind me i think may have taken five or six takes to get right. >> animals aren't easy but it won an award and conpacifica a place in the final 15. >> we have the best video but in order to win the park we need people to vote. >> the folks at pooch are hoping to get enough votes to blow away the competition. in pacifica, johnathan bloom, abc7 news. voting for the contest ends wednesday, august 3rd. to see the video and cast your
vote you will find a link at abc7news.com under "see it on tv." >> good morning, ms. argen. what is up weather-wise. >> we could have a dog walk, i suppose, out there. it's cloudy everywhere out there and we will be looking at slower clearing today, although afternoon clearing at the coast. there's emeryville and the low clouds and fog up to 3,000 feet deep. almost making their way into the sacramento valley. but most of the cloud cover will begin to peel back at about 9:00, 10:00 around the livermore valley. so even though you will see the sunshine, it will be a cooler afternoon all across the bay. 62 in redwood city. good morning, there. and san jose 61. low fog and clouds this morning. not too much in the way of mist and drizzle. a few high clouds around but no threat of rain in the south bay. that's really been designated just to the sierra nevada.
cool days will continue as we head towards the work week and august. so here's a look this morning at the cloud cover. beginning to peel back after, oh, 11:00 or so. py 2:00 notice the peninsula still looking at some cloud cover. so from 2:00, 3:00, that's when you will get the slice of a blue sky perhaps in the city and temperatures will just stay in the 60s again. more widespread 70s around the bay with some low to mid-80 as inland. yesterday it was a cool afternoon but today, due to the extent of the low clouds and fog, you are not going to see any 90s out there. even the upper 8 0's scaled back. here's the ridge of moisture. it's to the east, just making its way into southern california. it looks like the deserts around san diego will see some moisture. we may see a few high clouds in the south bay, monterey, but that's about it. we don't have to worry about the
threat of showers that's been in the north and southern sierra with yosemite coming in with not only cooler condition was the clouds burks also the threat of rain. so if you are make your way up to the mountains, yes, you could be slowed down by some of those downpours. 96 today in fresno. it's been a cool summer in sacramento, just 88 today. 94 chico. kind ever warm there and 78 in the northern sierra. back home look for 74 sunny available and milpitas today. even around the peninsula the sun will be out but it will be in the afternoon. 72 in san mateo and low 60s pacifica, and san francisco a couple degrees cooler at 64 today. in the north bay 80 cloverdale. a nice afternoon there with afternoon sun here and only 73 in vallejo. east bay back into the upper 60s for richmond and berkeley today. oakland at 70. it will be breezy as the fog clears back.
75 often i don't know city. out over the hills a nice afternoon if you are enjoying this weather. another great day in danville. otherwise cool for the average this time of year, 82. watsonville 72 with 73 in salinas. here's the active seven-day forecast. another trough is set up along the coast and that allows for a temperatures to stay in the mid-80s in the valley and cool 50s at the beaches. kind after stable weather pattern into next week. >> all right. the weather today is really perfect for the marathoners. >> yes. >> thank you, lisa. superhero might not be the official job description for a botanist, but if you want to study plants you better be tough. we went on an expedition with them to the philippian islands.
>> scientists bouncing along on an open airbus. this is the cushy stuff. for what's ahead you better be rugged. darren is part of a team of a area of california scientists. bay area botanists joining colleagues to research and rescue the rain forest. >> it's one of the hotspots of tropical biodiversity which means it's extremely diverse in terms of species and it's also under extreme stress. >> there are nearly 100 million people on islands that together are about the size of arizona. the population is growing and pristine natural areas shrinking. scientists hope this will demonstrate the need to save what's left. >> looking for anything in flower or anything in fruit. >> they spent five days in a national park and the last stop on a five week trip.
>> it keeps going up and up. >> the mountain is covered with dense, tropical forest. >> that's fine. i'm not going to mess with it. >> this time of year the high temperature averages 90 degrees with 85% humidity so it can feel like more than 110 degrees. and there are a lot of leeches. this one got one between her toes, this park official. and gym, a 61-year-old retiree, does this for fun. >> we want to try to get one. everything that's up here. >> everything from tiny months to showier plants. during the trip they collected 1200 specimens, each with their own unique spot in the ecosystem. the scientists said it's critical. >> they serve to regulate the forest's temperature and moisture. >> the team includes an expert tree climber. he works barefoot climbing 50 or
60 feet in a few minutes. then neatly dropping the specimens. >> there we go. >> the work goes on for hours. some nights they camp, some they go to a hotel room to organize what they have collected for shipping home. >> we can be working on specimens well past midnight. >> the next morning they are back in the field. it's grueling, but this is what they call the glamour part of their job. frank believes there's no better career. >> the only regret i have in doing this line of work, is one lifetime is not enough. that's the only regret. it's true! >> dan ashley, abc7 news. they will spend months in the lab analyzing all those specimens. they will be looking for new species, new uses for the plants and new ideas on how to save tropical rainforests. this is the biggest expedition in their history. we are going to be reporting on their findings all summer.
you may not know that 60,000 children under the age of 18 in california were in foster care this past year. that's according to the public policy institute of california. and that's why we are focusing a half-hour on foster care and programs that help young people on this weekend's edition of "beyond the headlines." the kids are bounced around a lot and lose out on an education. i was reading something the other day saying only 20% of former foster children get to attend college, 20% versus 60% of the regular population. >> that's today at 10:00 a.m. on "beyond the headlines" here on abc7. don't go away, 7 on your side is next. >> social security makes a simple mistake that proved costly for a purple heart recipient. i'm michael finney. find out how we were able to help on 7 ♪ mmm. oh gosh. oh dear.
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>> for a lot 6 americans the social security check is a lifeline, the only means of support. that's the case for other vietnam vet who fought for 14 months for payments he never received. here's michael finney with the story. >> michael lives in a cramped studio apartment. he receives free rent from a friend. the purple heart recipient has a heart condition and is hooked up to an oxygen machine. he applied for social security and received this notice awarding him benefits. he was to start receiving checks of $561 beginning march, 210. >> exacted social security numerous times and each time i was told they would reissue the check and have it sent to me. i would never get it. >> his benefit checks for subsequent months started coming the following month, but the march check continued to be a no
show. >> i was caught in a circle. it was just basically nothing that could be done about it. >> social security tells us it did reissue a check to michael, but it came back as undeliverable. it could not explain why all his subsequent checks were able to get to him. fourteen months would pass, just one month short of his entire stint in the vietnam war. that's when he contacted 7 on your side. >> i guess we found the limit, i don't know. >> we contacted the social security administration and he received the check within a week. it declined an on-camera interview but apologizes for any inconveniences mr. peters has experienced as a result in the delay of receiving his check. it recommended michael switch to direct deposit or direct express debit card to avoid future problems. michael, well, he's just happy he got his check. >> i guess it's just sort of a
relief. >> for michael, getting a benefit check was about more than just the money. >> it's no longer feeling helpless to resolve a problem. >> by march, 2013, all social security benefits must be received electronically with just a few exceptions. now we have more information on our website. just go to abc7news.com. i'm michael finney, 7 on your side. >> coming up next, a new reality show coming to abc. a game of finders-keepers. the challenge of hiding $100,000 somewhere in san francisco.
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detect and i was claim the case as their own. >> i believe they want to hide it where no one can see it or find it, somewhere concealed so we made them a plan and hid it. it's awesome. >> they grew up in antioch. the show will be great exposure. paul manages a concord restaurant. there's a twist. after they hide it they are arrested and interrogated. that was intimidating, they say. the detectives have 48 hours to find the loot. if they do, they can take t otherwise it belongs to the brothers. >> it is a game and there's no repercussions except if you give up where the case is at, there is the repercussion, you lose the game. >> so it becomes stressful. the brothers had to choose someplace, anyplace in the city to hide it, and they only had an hour. it brings up an intriguing fought. if you were in their shoes, where would you hide the money? but it's different when you are watching the show. >> this is real now. it's not as easy as it seems. >> the brothers were raised
mostly by their single mom. they wanted to get the money to help her. >> she's actually in remission for cancer, as well. >> so part of the money will go to kind of give back to her a little bit as well. >> even mom doesn't know if they won it and they can't tell anyone the outcome. >> can't say anything. gotta watch the show. >> it's tuesday night, august 2nd. abc7 news. up next, an update on the iran hikers' trial. also major progress towards a debt deal in washington as tuesday's deadline looms. and we certainly have seen those clouds -- >> a shooter takes aim at that reporter, live on the [ female announcer ] you do so much... to stay healthy. but did you know fiber choice can help support your overall well-being? every tasty tablet has prebiotic fiber from fruits and veggies... that lets your good bacteria thrive